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06 Aug 2012

Super Weekend

The first three days of athletics offered a great show

The first three days of the track and field competitions gave us some great sporting moments at the London's Olympic Stadium, starting from the first medals awarded on Friday. In the shot put, Polish Tomasz Majewski retained his title as gold medalist after Beijing 2008, with a throw of 21.89m. In the women's 10,000m, Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba also confirmed her Olympic title, thanks to an extraordinary final that secured her the victory with a time of 30:20.75. Saturday was a day of glory for Great Britain, with the 80,000 spectators of the Olympic Stadium joining in the celebrations for the performance of Jessica Ennis, winner of the heptathlon, Greg Rutherford, gold medalist in the long jump with 8.31m, and Mo Farah, who won the 10,000m running the last lap in 53”. Still on Saturday evening, Croatian Sandra Perkovic won the gold with a 69.11m discus throw, Croatian record. Emotions were running high on Sunday as well, starting from the success of American Sanya Richard-Ross in the 400m, ahead of British Christine Ohuruogu and team mate Dee Dee Trotter. Kazakhstan's Olga Rypakova won in the triple jump with 14.98m. Hungarian Krisztian Pars won the gold with a 80.59m hammer throw. Kenya's Ezekiel Kemboi won a hard-fought battle in the 3000m steeplechase, with a time of 8:18.56.